Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: The Law of Karma, or Cause and Effect

The Law of Karma, or Cause and Effect, says that every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in kind. When we choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our karma is happiness and success.

Tadasana – The Law of Karma or Cause and Effect

How we stand is foundational to so many other things in our life. It is about how we hold ourselves up, how we stand on our own two feet, how we connect to the earth and to an unbound field of potential. I like to think of Tadasana as standing with awareness, and the Law of Karma is really about bringing awareness to the choices we make in life. It is a reminder that every choice has a direct effect, and that applies to the choices we make in our yoga practice as well. Ask yourself “How am I choosing to hold myself up? Am I rolling to the inner or outer edges of my feet? Am I locking in my knees? Am I sinking in my lower belly? What effect does that have on my lower back? My chest, my neck, and my head?” We can see very clearly the Law of Cause and Effect in Tadasana because every joint in our lower body shifts and influences our upper body, and the entire pose in general. By making conscious decisions about the way we place our feet and organize our body, we create a new external framework, which creates a whole new internal experience.

How To:

Place your feet about inner hip’s distance apart and align the heels behind the widest part of the feet. Lift all ten toes up off the floor, spread them apart, and lower them back down. Sense that you can suction the floor up through the soles of your feet. Notice how that engages your quadriceps and creates a subtle lift through the pelvic floor. Allow the lower abdominal muscles to support the lumbar spine. Feel the side ribs expand and extend your arms alongside your body. Bring the palms to face forward, making space across the collarbones, and then relax the palms in by your sides. Soften the tops of the shoulders and feel your head and neck easeful. Relax your jaw.

Added Value:

Close your eyes and bring your palms to touch at the center of your chest. Keep the thumb and pinky fingers touching and move the middle three fingers away from each other, moving the palms of your hands just below your chin. This is called “Padma, or Lotus Mudra” and will help you to connect to your energetic body in the pose.

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